What's an e-bike in simple words?
The electric bike, or e-bike, is technically a normal bike (frame, pedals, handlebar, wheels and gears) with one key difference.
It has a motor powered by a battery and a drive control unit that acts as a tuner.
Think uphill near your home or office. With a regular bike, you would go down and push the handlebar with your hands until you reached your destination struggling.
With electricity, the experience would not be so torturous. The drive would instruct the motor to operate and perform tasks silently.
That is, while sitting on the saddle of the bike and your feet continue to turn the pedals, you feel an invisible but hand giving you the impetus you need and without fully understanding it, to get where you want without sweating. Cool, right?
Watch out for a detail! You don't just sit and the bike goes by itself. First you move the bike with the pedals and if necessary, you get the help of the motor.
How fast does an electric bike run? The speed allowed on Greek roads is up to 25 km / h. That is, for a normal distance of 5 km, you need 12 minutes. For the route Nea Smyrni-Omonia you need about 20 minutes.
The battery is very important in the electric bike. Not all batteries are structurally and qualitatively the same. The battery gives you autonomy for specific kilometers and depends on how often you use it during cycling.
If you want the battery to support you while cycling an uphill, you may need to charge after 20 km. If you are in a good physical condition, it will give you generous energy for 80 kilometers or more.
Like all rechargeable batteries, the e-bike's battery charges with its charger when its level drops. It also has a specific lifespan. If you maintain it according to the manufacturer's instructions, you can keep it "alive" for maximum time.
Most electric bikes have a computer mounted on the handlebar that displays useful information, such as mileage, speed, battery level, etc. So you are not going to run out of battery without warning. Still, if you run out, you can continue your journey by cycling normally.
The technology of e-bikes has evolved a lot. It is applied to all categories of bicycles such as city bikes, trekking (asphalt and dirt road), mountain bikes, folding, cargo, etc.
Companies such as Bosch, Bafang, AEG, Shimano, etc. have invested a lot in the innovation of electric mobility and already countries like Germany have significantly renewed the fleet of conventional bicycles with electric bicycles.
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